being a writer is timing

Spent two days putting together gold I mined with my Flip from a book launch, and now WordPress is having a glitch in its ability to post video.


So you’ll have to wait a bit to see Mr. Raschka and the elusive Mr. Bitterman.

In the meantime, how about a little discussion concerning…


We all know that in order to be a writer you have to commit. You have to carve out the time, allocate the money, insist on the respect from your nearest and dearest. That means sacrifice from you and your friends and relatives.

But if we’re honest we also know that isn’t always possible. There are children who need raising and parents who need care–a mortgage, car payments, illnesses and catastrophes that no one can see coming. Our writing can get left behind with our dreams of being an astronaut or super model.

Don’t let it happen.

No, this isn’t another blog post about asserting your independence and insisting on your autonomy as a delicate creature who must be pampered with the time to create.

Instead, find the value in what you can do. If  you’re working on an entertaining PTA announcement or a long complaint email to your laptop company,  that is writing. Do it well and enjoy it.

Read books about craft and practice small snippets when you can in your journal, when you’re waiting for the kids after school. At the doctor’s office. And those interminable soccer games–no pressure. (Writing is fun, isn’t it? You love learning about technique. )

Go ahead and join SCBWI, even if you can only produce one poem a month or one magazine article a year. It doesn’t matter if they are published or not. You are writing. You’re a writer. Volume is not a criteria.

Attend your local conference, workshops or schmoozes. Build friendships you can nurture on Facebook and Twitter.

Should you be satisfied with this Writer Twilight Zone forever?

Of course not.

But your Someday will never come, if you don’t start to lay the groundwork now.


About Lisha Cauthen

Lisha Cauthen writes YA novels for guys that girls like to read too.

Posted on March 19, 2011, in writing and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. There you go, talking to me again. Are you psychic or what? Thanks, Lisha. 🙂

  2. I’m talking to myself, 10 years ago, Cindi.

  3. And… very importantly, writing gets us somewhere internally – a sense of ourselves. When I write it transforms the subject and me. It’s true magic. The potential to be on the green growing edges of ourselves is a keyboard or pencil away.

  4. Amen to that. Nice post, Lisha. 🙂
    And Barb…’green growing edges of ourselves’…LOVE it. 🙂

  5. I think we can see why barb’s writing is so amazing, can’t we, Judy? That’s CROSSING THE TRACKS, ladies and gentlemen. And the next novel is going to be incredible too.

  6. “It doesn’t matter if they are published or not. You are writing. You’re a writer.”

    Well put! I forget this sometimes.

  7. Don’t we all, Matt. The Journey counts for something, too.

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